) KEY NOUN:
- also dis·cant (ds-) KEY Music
- An ornamental melody or counterpoint sung or played above a theme.
- The highest part sung in part music.
- A discussion or discourse on a theme.
- To comment at length; discourse: "He used to descant critically on the dishes which had been at table" (James Boswell).
- also dis·cant (dsknt, d-sknt) KEY Music
- To sing or play a descant.
- To sing melodiously.
Middle English, from Anglo-Norman descaunt
, from Medieval Latin discantus
, a refrain
: Latin dis-
+ Latin cantus
from past participle of canere
, to sing
; see kan-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:descanter(Noun)